In 2007, we escaped our big-brand-footwear jobs to found a shoe company built on one principle:
True to the Trail.
That phrase keeps headquarters in trail-crazy Bozeman, Montana; makes planting a tree for every pair sold a no-brainer; and guides both our business ethics and our shoe design process. (It also sounds cool when emotionally belted as a 80s power ballad chorus. Not that we do that all the time.)
John ConnellyEl Presidente
- Former owner of Captain Snow Ball. Sold snow cones, wore cape. What's funny?
- Builds most of the team's office furniture. Which is why we all have sawdust on our computers.
- Had to start his own footwear company because he'd already worked for all the other ones. (Mostly.)
Tim TrippKing of 10-Key
- Can work the calculator keypad at warp speed—while holding a conversation.
- Sucker for Oreos, 60s pop, and the Oboz soccer team.
- Hospitalized in botched cat rescue attempt. (Sorry, kitty.)
Chuck RothLegendary Shoe Designer
- Your other 30 favorite outdoor shoe brands? Chuck worked for them too—before Oboz.
- Can't spell. Can peak-bag, windsurf, kiteboard, backpack, run, mountain bike, and ski.
- Winner of a zillion footwear awards. Highest honor? Making his kids laugh until they barf.
Derek GustafsonShoe Dreamer & Schemer
- Bona-fide ski-movie star. Not gonna tell you which one.
- Develops shoes, then sees how fast he can wear them out: running, hiking, climbing…
- Once got lost in Baja, almost drowned, slept in the dirt, and escaped on a motorcycle. "It was awesome."
Brad LongOverseer of Invention
- Loves to take what's on paper and make it into something you can hold in your hand. Or put on your feet.
- Was able to sneak up on 6 bears while carrying a canoe... not on purpose.
- Enjoys getting lost & found in the same day while looking for alpine lakes to fish.
Seth BrownFootwear creation mastermind
- Enjoys the freedom & independence of the great outdoors. Oh, and drinking wine on his front porch.
- Learns as much from his kids as they learn from him… maybe more from them.
- Loves camping anytime, unless: you’re in a tent, it’s midnight, sub-zero and you gotta go.
Dave DolphWandering Oboz Guru
- Started in footwear back when purple spandex was cool—the first time.
- Thinks one should shave regularly. Like once a year.
- Survived a three-day Oboz interview. (We're picky.)
Christian MasonRep Wrangler
- Past lives: raft guide, camp counselor, kayak instructor, ski racer, NOLS grad.
- Past homes: '83 Toyota SR5 long-bed pickup truck. Half red, half…rust.
- Only works in the outdoor industry. Hardest job? Blueberry raker. (No, wait—being a dad.)
Pam MalyurekNumber Crunching Ninja
- Grew up near Glacier National Park. College and career by Yellowstone.
- Float, fish, good.
- Loves sand and sun (but she'll take snow and mountains).
Jeni AnthonCountess of Bean
- Excels at the 100-yard dash. Particularly when chased by a bison.
- Traded the thrill of skydiving for the (slightly safer/cheaper) rush of rockhounding.
- According to the two men in her life (Maximillian I and II), builds a mean Lego spaceship.
Chris RischkeOffice Magic 8-Ball
- Hometown in Germany is where the world’s strongest beer is brewed. Hope he brings back samples sometime.
- An inventor of the sport Ultimate Croquet. Think full contact with mallets, beverage in hand required and dressed to the nines.
- Just started backcountry skiing, but already has the bug to heli-ski in Alaska.
Elizabeth SinclairCustomer Service Superstar
- Moved to Montana to work in a fly-fishing lodge.
- Rammed a parked car on her bike. Converted to avid hiking.
- Unstoppable. Especially when stalking fish, devouring books, and bingeing on New Girl episodes.
Steve LowrySmooth Operator
- Skis can double as a lift-line bed when you're serious about first chair.
- Paid for Japan ski trip by subsisting on free pizza from former job. Every day. For a year.
- Skiied Niseko powder. Hut-toured Alaska. Still ranks Bridger Bowl #1.
Kate GeraetsCustomer Service Catalyst
- Thinks any hike that ends in hot springs is a winner, hard to argue with that.
- Will never dye her hair purple again. Maybe Oboz green?
- Used to sing for tips. If you see her ask for a song, but be prepared to pay.
Iain MassucciFootwear Phone Phenom
- First learned the importance of some good GORP and a pocket knife in VT, but still lives by it in MT.
- Started out precision fitting ski boots. Now he helps precision fit Oboz.
- Once mono-skied. Once and only once, enough said.
Josh WiseChief Doodler
- Brought extreme canoeing to Montana. Briefly. (RIP, canoe.)
- Can see Minnesota from his boyhood home in Wisconsin. Talks like it, too.
- Bikes, hikes, skis, camps, fishes and ice climbs. Don't ask about swimming.